Why Layrite Does It Right

The revival of the traditional barber shop has taken over Southern California and Layrite's been on the forefront of this very exciting trend. More and more guys seem to be ditching baseball caps and gels for  polished haircuts and pomade for styling. Layrite continues to be the #1 selling pomade at Planet Beauty and has become synonymous with stylish. My Massachusetts-born boyfriend recently became a Layrite convert, ditching his worn-out Sox hat for a professional, debonair style. Within a month of trying it, he was already asking me to get him more. I decided to get in touch with Vice President Mike Clem so I could find out first-hand what makes Layrite the go-to pomade for men. 

What separates Layrite from other pomade companies?

Many things - most importantly, Layrite was started by a barber, with barbers and hair professionals in mind. All of Layrite Grooming Products are water-based; they are fully removable from the hair by simply rinsing with water.  This allows your customers to come to the salon/barber shop with clean hair that is ready to to be cut and styled. Another REAL distinguishing factor is that all of our products have VERY high performance.  What most brands call "high hold" we consider to be a lighter hold.  Because of this high level of performance, you can style the hair with slightly damp hair, which would reduce performance with most brands. However, Layrite still maintains a high level of performance.

What do you feel has been Layrite's key to success?

Trends That Keep On Trending

Some beauty trends last only weeks, while others seem to stick around for months. With fall right around the corner, I thought I'd share some of the spring/summer trends that will be sticking around for a little while longer. Some of your favorites might be on the list.

Bold Brows: It's great to see women embracing their natural brows and opting for thicker, fuller brows. Not since the 90's have we seen so many celebrities and women flaunting their brows a la Brooke Shields. So, if you still haven't mastered the art of properly shading and shaping your brows, don't worry. You still have plenty of time to learn. Anastasia Beverly Hills has a wide range of products and tools to help you manage your ideal brows. If you need a little more guidance, check out one of our many brow events

Modern French Manicures: The twist on the classic French manicure is here to stay. From scallops to contrasting colors, there are so many different ways you can create a unique and gorgeous french manicure. This trend is all about having fun, while still paying homage to a classic go-to nail look. If you're still on the fence about whether or not you can pull it off, I suggest you just go for it. Rules were meant to be broken and this is one rule we love breaking. Put down that white polish and check out some of Essie's fun designs for inspiration.

Beverly Hills VIP Grand Opening

On July 30th, the red carpet was rolled out and Planet Beauty opened it's newest location in Beverly Hills, California. The 36th store is located on Beverly Drive and is sure to live up to expectations. Its gorgeous interior will feature new vanities, marble floors and eye-catching wall lighting that will be unique to the location.

In attendance for the VIP event was Brandi Glanville from "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills". The reality star, who has always given Planet Beauty plenty of love through social media, was also signing copies of her new book, "Drinking and Dating." Also in attendance was the beautiful Leyla Milani of Milani Hair Extensions, who was there to celebrate the new location and promote her amazing line.

Guests in attendance were also treated to makeovers by none other than Cory Bishop from Gorgeous Cosmetics, as well as some of Planet Beauty's own talented makeup artists. Pink Champagne and cupcakes were served to celebrate the grand opening.

For more pictures from the grand opening, visit our Facebook page. The Los Angeles Times also featured the grand opening in their Fashion/All The Rage section. Read their recap here.

If you live in the Los Angeles area, you have to stop by and check out our beautiful new location

Eye-Opening Tips and Tricks

Sometimes, keeping busy during the summer months cause us to neglect some of our much-needed rest. Whether you're a busy mom who's been trekking back and forth between summer camps or just a single gal who's been spending a little extra time with the girls, it's easy to lose out on some shut eye. Our eyes are always giving away how tired we are, but it doesn't mean you still can't look your best and trick those around you into believing you get 8 hours of sleep every night. Check out these eye-opening tricks to make you look rested and rejuvenated daily. 

1. Start with a good eye cream: Whether you're concerned with puffy eyes or dark circles, you have to use an eye cream to give your under eyes the much-needed hydration and love they deserve. Rodial's Dragon's Blood Eye Gel targets puffiness and dryness with Rose Water, Dragon's Blood and Arnica. Hyaluronic Acid helps restore hydration, helping soothe dry under eyes and smoothing out fine lines. This gel formula cools and soothes upon application, which is a great morning pick-me-up. 

2. Incorporate an under eye brightener: bareMinerals never disappoints with the Well-Rested Face and Eye Brightener. The sheer formula is lightweight, making it easy to blend underneath the eyes for instant radiance and luminosity. For a little color, try their Stroke of Light Eye Brightener. These awesome brighteners come in 3 shades and instantly diffuse darkness under eyes, while reducing dark circles and wrinkles over time. These are ideal for anyone who doesn't want a heavy concealer. 

Swim Week Inspired Makeup by Stila and L*Space

This year, colors and patterns dominated the Mercedes-Benz Swim Week in Miami, Florida. From bright oranges to eye-catching greens and yellows, every bathing suit on the runway made a statement: It feels good to be bold!

L*Space is known for carrying some of the most fashionable and gorgeous swimwear, so it comes as no surprise that they would be all over the beauty trends seen at Swim Week. L*Space recently teamed up with Stila Cosmetics to help recreate some of the gorgeous makeup looks seen on the runway.  With the help of Sarah Lucero, Global Director of Education for Stila Cosmetics, they created an Ocean-Inspired Smokey Eye. We recently featured our admiration for blues and greens on our blog, so we're excited to see more love for these beautiful colors from Stila! Check out the step by step tutorial on the L*Space Blog.


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To create this look, you'll need: Stila's All Day Smudgestick in Ultramarine, All Day Liquid Eyeliner in Midnight, Magnificent Metal Eyeshadow in Emerald and Pixie Dust. Last, but not least, you'll need Stila's All Day Mascara in Black. 

Now at Planet Beauty: Suavecito!

Suavecito has arrived at Planet Beauty and we couldn't be excited. A local company based out of Santa Ana, California, Suavecito has helped reinvent the grooming product industry, bringing its customers quality products at an affordable price. While their strong commitment to providing result-oriented grooming products plays a huge role in their popularity, it is their passion and love for the cultural values of their fans that has made them successful. Suavecito believes strongly in building and keeping relationships with their fan base. You can find them on the weekends visiting custom car and motorcycle shows as well as tattoo and barbering events. For this local company, it's not just about selling products. It's about a devotion to a culture, as well as the people who love and live for that culture.

Spotlight on Sun Bum

If it's time to replenish your supply of sunscreen and you have yet to try any of Sun Bum's products, then put it on your list of must-haves the next time you're at your local Planet Beauty. 

Four years ago, Sun Bum was created in Cocoa Beach, Florida and continues to grow in popularity. From the East Coast to the West Coast, sun-loving folks rely on the high-quality brand and products that Sun Bum provides. Whether you're shopping for yourself or your little ones, Sun Bum is guaranteed to have something perfect for you and your family. 

All of Sun Bums sunscreens are tested, approved and recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation, which is internationally recognized for its education and leadership regarding skin cancer prevention. In recent years, Sun Bum has been featured time and time again in style, celebrity and fashion magazines, winning accolades for its performance, affordability and family-friendly products. 

While Sun Bum is seen as a care-free company who loves to get their fans involved in fun contests and beach lovin' fun, they also spend a significant amount of time giving back to the community, working with foundations like Surfers for Autism, Boarding for Breast Cancer, Pipeline to A Cure, Slater Brother's Invitational and of course, The Skin Foundation. 

Whether you're shopping for your next favorite sunscreen or are in dire need of a soothing treatment post-sunburn, Sun Bum has you covered.

Happy surfing, sailing, boarding, BBQing, etc!

How to get amazing soccer player hair

Guys, if you're following the World Cup closely, then I'm sure you know the name of every single player on the US Men's Soccer Team. While ESPN focuses on the athleticism and competitiveness of the players, the beauty world can't help but to notice their good looks and amazing hair. Some of the soccer players we've seen could easily pass for models. If your wife or girlfriend is suddenly interested in soccer, it might be for a few more reasons than the game itself. If you're looking to try a different style, maybe one of your favorite players can inspire you.

Graham Zusi looks like: The Long-Haired Rockstar 

Whether Zusi is wearing his hair down, in a pony, or sporting a headband, he looks like the kind of guy you'd see with a guitar playing at the local bar. His wavy locks are the perfect length for his on and off facial hair. He somehow manages to look like a GQ model AND the kind of guy you'd see riding a motorcycle down PCH. 

Get his look: Apply American Crew's Light Hold Gel on towel-dried hair. Run fingers through hair to comb gel through and define your waves. Once hair is air dried, apply a small amount of American Crew's Light Hold Texture Lotion for natural separation. 

Mix Diskerud looks like: A Poet

Mix looks like the kind of guy you'd see reading at the local bookstore. His hair is long like Zusi's except he's got some serious curl happening at the ends. While having any type of texture can be a challenge for some guys, Mix manages to pull off a seamless style. His hair just seems to fall naturally perfect, with all his curls just spun nicely at the ends.

Pore-Shrinking Products We Love

Are you going through a seasonal skin freakout? Do your pores seem larger than normal? If your skin type is combination/oily, then I know you're familiar with this very common skin concern. While we can't control our skin type, we can take charge and use the right kind of skincare to help our skin look as flawless as possible. Many habits contribute to how big or small our pores look: sleeping with makeup on, using products that are too heavy, not cleansing properly, etc. If you're looking to try something new for pores, check out some of our go-to products.

A good cleanser will really make a big difference in how your skin looks on a daily basis, especially if you're more oily. It's particularly important to cleanse well if you wear makeup every single day. After all, residue left behind can clog pores and potentially cause breakouts. Dr. Brandt's Pores No More Cleanser foams beautifully for a deep, refreshing cleanse. Salicylic Acid, Willow Bark and Tea Tree Oil all work simultaneously to exfoliate, purify and calm the skin. He has a full range of products that target pores, so if you need a little extra help, consider pairing this cleanser with something else from this regimen. 

Summer Beauty Dos and Don'ts

Ladies, are you ready for the carefree attitude that summer brings? I know I am. The greatest thing about this time of the year is that your beauty regimen can be effortless, yet you can still look amazing. Here are some beauty dos and don'ts to keep in mind this summer.

DON'T fuss with a hairdryer: If you're addicted to smoothing out your hair with a blow dyer on a daily basis, try to give your hair a break this summer. Chances are, your hair will already be in need of some serious moisture from extra exposure to the sun and chlorine. Or, you may have finally gone for that ombre color and your ends are showing signs of weakness. Try to limit use of your dryer and your hair will thank you for it.

DO experiment with hairstyles without much heat: Romantic braids, beach waves and ponytails always compliment summer dresses and give you that bohemian babe look that never seems to go out of style. Summer hairstyles don't require much work and can give you a fun, flirty skip in your step. This summer, make sure you have a dry shampoo and beach spray. You won't need much else to look amazing.

DON'T pack on heavy face makeup: Wearing a heavy foundation during the summer months just isn't that fun. I learned my lesson last year when I was at an outdoor party and my makeup just perished under the scorching sun. Sure, you can use makeup setting sprays, but do you really want to feel like your skin can't breathe when it's 90+ degrees out? 

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